A bit about us...

We are a modern family of three, living on less than two acres with a 3,000 square foot garden that meets our produce needs and allows us to share with friends and neighbors. Our laying flock of chickens seems to expand each year as we raise chicks each Spring to replace older hens. This blog is more of a journal, if you will, for us to chronicle and share our experiences in the yard, garden and kitchen. It is our hope that along the way a few folks might learn something, be entertained, or simply enjoy sharing in our stories and the lessons we learn on a daily basis. I named the blog after the times when I am the happiest, when I am elbow deep in earth.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A nice round number, like 50!

After being so close to our 50th find, we couldn't wait to go out and hit our first milestone! March 18, we headed out with just that goal in mind.  We didn't have a lot of time, so we got right to it to get the two finds we needed.  We found yet another local park we never knew existed, and wandered in to check things out.  There were some teenagers that acted very suspiciously when we arrived who made haste in departing at the same time.  Maybe I am getting old, but A LOT more people behave suspiciously to me than what I used to see. However, in my defense, it is also in the news a lot more than in the past as well. :-)

#49 just waiting for Shane!
With all the rain we have had this season, the trails were pretty muddy and soft.  When we realized how far off the path the cache was hidden, Shane decided to grab it himself while we waited on higher ground.  It was tucked under a log and just waiting for him.

This one was one we had saved for some time, as it had the requirement of swapping out ONLY dinosaur prizes.  We had to wait until we found one in another cache to move to this one before we could hunt it.  Today was the day!

If my memory serves me correctly, there was another cache hidden in the same park, but we were unwilling to pursue it due to the condition of the trails.  We will have to go back to this place and check it out another time.

#50 hidden a little better

Now it was time to find our #50.  We wanted something not far from home, not a terribly difficult hide (so others could easily move the geocoin along that we would be dropping into it) and something interesting.  We found a site that fit the bill behind the local fire department.  As it turned out, the firefighters were out doing something with one of the tanker trucks.  It appeared that they were rinsing it out, or washing it somehow.  We watched them a bit before heading into the little prairie area for the find.  We happened upon it sitting right out in the open, so we signed the log, dropped the coin, electronically logged the events and then placed it a little more discreetly, adding some natural elements of camouflage to keep it from being muggled.

In case you missed it, here is the link if you want to see where the Cursed Pirate's Booty Geocoin has been since we dropped it (and before): http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2CRBT.

This was a great milestone for us and we were excited to log it. Since our goal for the day was not to cache until we dropped, but just to achieve this goal, we headed home from there.  It wouldn't be long before we would be at it again anyway!

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